“In this election season, it’s not who votes that count. It is who counts the vote, that count.” Intrigued by this voicemail message of a West Center City, Wilmington, DE community resource center, it may well be that the imbalance of power between the “corporate personhood” and “individual citizen” type of vote will be fully realized November 8, 2016, date of USA National Election.
Is a corporation vote and citizen vote equal under the law? The corporate vote clearly amplified by the bigness of a corporation eclipses the individual vote, hands down. Front runner Donald Trump, a major corporation personified as a leading Republican presidential candidate, is currently on track to be United States first “Citizens United” nominee. The same could be true of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who amassed incredible wealth giving corporate speeches.
Citizens United, Appellant v. Federal Election Commission Holding is that a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act prohibiting unions, corporations and not-for-profit organizations from broadcasting #electioneering communications within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary election violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. United States District Court for the District of Columbia reversed. Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, upholding the rights of corporations to make political expenditures under the First Amendment, there have been several calls for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.
In the current wave of increased voter registrations and heated political activism, the power of individual popular vote at the end is conditioned upon the calculation of electoral votes. At a minimum each state gets three electoral votes. Larger states have proportionately more electoral votes because a state’s House delegation is determined by population. In addition, the District of Columbia receives three electoral votes, making a total of 538. The requirement for a majority is 270 electoral votes.
Who are the electors and whether the corporation or individual vote have an impact on how will they vote? On April 26, 2016, in the presidential primaries, Delaware voters will express their preferences for the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian parties’ respective nominees for President. Registered members of each party may only vote in their party’s primary, while voters who are unaffiliated may choose any one primary in which to vote. Delaware voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote.
This election to overcome any form of voter suppression, an individual must adequately prepare. Don’t despair as for a vote of any kind to count, Delaware has made available a helpful election tool ivote.de.gov composed of voter information and resources.
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gerund or present participle: electioneering
(of a politician or political campaigner) take part actively and energetically in the activities of an election campaign.